Monday, 18 November, 2019

2 killed in helicopter crash in Albemarle County

NTSB VSP chopper involved in deadly crash was damaged in Abingdon in 2010 2 killed in helicopter crash in Albemarle County
Christy Curtis | 15 August, 2017, 01:56

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an update on the fatal helicopter crash that killed two Virginia State Police troopers on Saturday.

The officers had been dispatched from the State Police base in Lynchburg in late morning to provide surveillance and tactical support for law enforcement dealing with a day-long violent and racially charged protest in Charlottesville that left one dead and dozens injured. "He loved his two boys and his wife, and he was doing something that he loved".

Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, State Police Superintendent, said the police department are both mourning the loss of the two men in addition to processing the tumultuous day. "You're all among the best this nation produces".

Trooper-Pilot Bates would have turned 41 years old Sunday, Aug. 13.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jay and Berke, both of whom were our close friends and trusted members of our team", McAuliffe said in a statement. Jay has flown us across the Commonwealth for more than three and a half years.

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Bates had just transferred to the aviation unit in July.

"Berke was part of my executive protection unit".

The crash occurred near a residence on Old Farm Road by Birdwood Golf Course, about seven miles from the site of a violent white supremacy rally in downtown Charlottesville where at least one demonstrator was killed.

The crash happened just a few hours after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the white nationalist rally.

This is a developing story.

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